a little less factory.

A while back my picker found this little cupboard for me.

I have to say, I’m pretty sure that she has a lot more faith in my abilities than I do sometimes.

This is a new-ish piece made out of that factory coated, shiny, particle board stuff.  I really wasn’t sure I’d be able to do anything with it, so it sat out in the carriage house for months.  But I pulled it out a couple of weeks ago and decided to give it a go, with my main goal being to make this cupboard look a little less factory-made.

After removing the knob, I sanded all of the surfaces inside and out to take off a little of the shine, and then gave it two coats of Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick.  As per the Dixie Belle website, “Slick Stick allows you to paint shiny, slick, or slippery surfaces with ease. Surfaces like PVC, glass, Formica, laminate, metal, and more are easily painted and stay painted.”

Next up I painted the inside of the cupboard in Dixie Belle’s Kudzu.

I just love that green!  This is the color that I debated using on the washstand that I shared on Wednesday.  I decided against it for that piece, but I had to use it on something!  It’s gorgeous paired with the Dixie Belle Drop Cloth that I used on the exterior of the cupboard.

I dug through my stash to find a substitute handle that felt a little more vintage to me.  I painted that in an undercoat of Kudzu, followed by a couple of coats of Drop Cloth.

I think this handle goes a long way towards making this cupboard feel more vintage and less ‘factory’.  It’s a vast improvement over that dinky little wood knob it came with.

Ditto the gold transfers that I added to the glass.

These are from a mish mash of re.design with prima transfers.  I used left over bits from Flower Collector, Cosmic Roses, and the bee is from their Gilded Home & Nature transfer.

This cupboard can be hung on the wall, or set upon a shelf, desk or table somewhere.  It would be perfect for housing some of my matte white pottery.

But I’m not keeping this one.

It is up for grabs to a local buyer, so be sure to check out my ‘available for local sale‘ page if interested.

Tell me, what would you display inside this cabinet?

10 thoughts on “a little less factory.

  1. This turned out so darling. The slick stick is def something I need to try. This could be useful in so many places. The stencil on the front is just so spot on! I have a collection of old eyeglasses that belonged to my parents and grandparents that would look great in there but I totally love the milk glass and stoneware idea also. Or maybe some toy tea sets. Oh the possibilities! A very cool piece!


  2. You achieved your goal Miss Quandie! And I can never resist those gold transfers! Having them on the glass makes this look kind of like an old pharmacist’s cabinet……..hope you’re enjoying your little vacay! 😀


    1. That is exactly the look I was going for … old pharmacist’s cabinet. I’m so thrilled that I achieved it! My vacay starts on Sunday. The forecast is sunny and low 70’s! Yee haw! Going to soak up every minute of the warmth 🙂


  3. My sister was converting a small secretary desk to a hutch/curio for her bedroom. She wanted something to hold some of her favorite trinkets, and she found a cabinet similar to this. The shelves, however, weren’t suitable for what she wanted so she replaced them with three glass shelves, and she put a light in the top. She took a cue from you and painted the desk and cabinet and together they look like one unit and are perfect.


  4. I love this cabinet! Ever since you introduced me to “Kudzu” it has become my favorite green!! The handle and the transfer on the glass definitely gives you that vintage vibe! Nice job 😊


    1. I love the Kudzu as well, and I do have a piece in mind for it that will be coming up in a couple of weeks. Unless I change my mind, which has definitely been known to happen. You’ll just have to stay tuned 😉


  5. Ironstone for me! I love white matte pottery as well and the green books look delightful! It turned out so cute. Another idea to tuck into the back of my mind.


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